Friday, September 06, 2002

here is an INTERESTING article!!

global warming will cause an "ice Age"....Deep freeze for Europe and north America...the glaciers
Advance, the passess in the Alps close!
Real Science, a real real warning!!
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A perspective on potential climate changes
presented by Dr. Robert B. Gagosian, President and
Director of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Over the past two decades, we have heard about
greenhouse gases and the idea that our planet is
gradually warming. I’d like to throw a curveball into
that thinking—specifically the “gradually warming” part.

This new thinking is little known and scarcely appreciated by
policymakers and world and business leaders—and even by the wider
community of natural and social scientists. But evidence from several
sources has amassed and coalesced over the past 10 to 15 years. It
points to a completely different—almost counterintuitive—scenario.

Global warming could actually lead to a big chill in some parts of the
world. If the atmosphere continues to warm, it could soon trigger a
dramatic and abrupt cooling throughout the North Atlantic
region—where, not incidentally, some 60 percent of the world’s
economy is based.

When I say “dramatic,” I mean: Average winter temperatures could
drop by 5 degrees Fahrenheit over much of the United States, and by
10 degrees in the northeastern United States and in Europe. That’s
enough to send mountain glaciers advancing down from the Alps. To
freeze rivers and harbors and bind North Atlantic shipping lanes in ice.
To disrupt the operation of ground and air transportation. To cause
energy needs to soar exponentially. To force wholesale changes in
agricultural practices and fisheries. To change the way we feed our
populations. In short, the world, and the world economy, would be
drastically different.

And when I say “abrupt,” I mean: These changes could happen within
a decade, and they could persist for hundreds of years. You could see
the changes in your lifetime, and your grandchildren’s grandchildren
will still be confronting them.
----full story at
http://www.whoi.edu/home/about/whatsnew_abruptclimate.html